2011 PRIMA National Fun Run/Walk – Portland, Oregon

Apex Insurance Services (Formerly Global Intermediaries) is doing it again! Get ready for the 2011 PRIMA Fun Run/Walk. The event is designed to be a fun, organized, morning stroll with your Risk Management friends. We hope to reach 200 participants this year!

Located in the running capitol of the world, Eugene, Oregon, GIE has been part of every Fun Run/Walk held over the past 14 years. As a proud sponsor of this event, these Fun Run/Walks have helped contribute to our company’s identity and philosophy. We enjoy sponsoring an event that promotes health, physical fitness, camaraderie, and the great outdoors. Anyone can host a dinner or happy hour, but how many companies host an event that focuses on your well being? If you do business with us, run or walk in one of our events, Thank You! You have helped contribute to a better future for you and GIE.

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Global Intermediaries Joins Apex Insurance Services


Apex VR
Acquisition Announcement
GIE Joins Apex Insurance Services

Same great service, Same great people,
Just a new name!

To our valued agents, clients, and underwriters:

I wanted to personally inform you that GIE has joined the Apex Insurance Services team. The synergy between our two companies and the potential to help public entities across America became too great a benefit to ignore. Being part of Apex will allow increased market power and broker access as well as strategic relationships with key markets. Geographically, we will be the Apex West Coast location, but our office will continue to serve our clients around the country. You may notice some minor changes over the next few weeks, but overall you’ll be receiving the same great GIE service from the same great people!

Thank you for your support!

–    Judd L. Feldman

For more information on Global Intermediaries and Apex Insurance, please visit our websites.

www.Globalre-Int.com www.ApexInsurance.com

Apex Insurance Services – Overview
Apex Insurance Services is a Property & Casualty MGA / Program Manager / Wholesale Broker / TPA specializing in public entities, educational institutions and non-profit organizations.  For more information go to www.apexinsurance.com.

If you have any questions feel free to give us a call at:

Apex MGA:

  • Professional Liability MGA:  Law Enforcement, Public Officials & School Board Liability (nationwide)
  • Miscellaneous E & O, D & O program (nationwide)
  • Public Entity Package Program in select states

Apex Programs:

  • Public Entity / School Package Program (select states)
  • Non-Profit Insurance Program (select states)
  • Special Events Program

Apex Brokerage:

  • Package all lines (WC available in some states)
  • Excess Casualty, Excess Property, Excess Workers Compensation
  • Self Insured Retention (SIR) for Pools & Individual Accounts
  • Monoline Property
  • Professional Liability, Environmental, Crime, Fiduciary, Cyber Liability and ore

Apex Third Party Administration

  • Over 30 years experience with risk pools, individual accounts and program business with exceptional expertise in Law, Public Officials and Educators Legal Liability claims
2011 PRIMA Fun Run
GIE is doing it again! Get ready for the 2011 PRIMA Fun Run/Walk. The event is designed to be a fun, organized, morning stroll with your Risk Management friends. We hope to reach 200 participants this year!

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Lines of Coverage
Excess Liability
Excess Workers Comp
Property Programs
Police Professional
Buffer Layers
Contact Us
Nate Simmons
Marketing Manager
Phone: 541-344-5411

E-Mail: nsimmons@apexinsurance.com

Apex Insurance Services
411 East 3rd Ave, Suite 300
P.O. Box 7035
Eugene, OR 97401

Low Self-Insured Retention vs. High Policy Limits

What’s More Important? A Low SIR or High Policy Limits?

In today’s volatile public entity insurance marketplace I find myself regularly answering this question. Everyone jumps to “stability”, and public entities believe stability means grabbing hold of your SIR and not letting go.

As insurance markets start to raise the self-insured retentions of large public entities, due to loss activity or the economy, many entities fight to keep their current SIR by sacrificing higher policy limits. At the same time, lawsuits are increasing in size and number in all coverage areas (View Settlements PDF). Many public entities are maintaining lower policy limits when the threat of high dollar lawsuits is actually increasing! Now here’s the kicker… Private equity firms are now financing these high dollar lawsuits in the hopes of receiving better investment returns. (Source Article) This information, recent inflation fears, and a possible turn in the insurance market make me wonder whether we should be fighting for the low SIR or a higher limit.

So What Can You Do?

First, determine the correct SIR for your account; it’s usually above the working (or frequency) layer. Positioning the SIR allows for the most cost effective transfer of risk, enabling you to keep premiums at a minimum while still achieving your goal of protection from market swings. SIR’s should be set to handle one large claim every 5 to 6 years. If your current SIR is above or below that level, it may need to be reset. If you don’t know if your SIR is correctly positioned, call us, we analyze SIRs and loss histories for a living.

Second, determine what policy limits you might need. Many public entities in states with strong tort law buy lower limits as they feel comfortable with the tort protection. However, even in tort protected states, these entities are NOT protected from the Federal Claims found in Section 1983 and the claims associated with violating those laws. These claims are mostly EPLI and law enforcement related, so be sure to weigh your exposure in those areas. Keep in mind that tort statutes have been broken across the country. If your local tort statute is broken you’ll be vulnerable to all negligence based claims and that tort protection will no longer exist.

Odds are that your public entity can likely absorb an additional $500k to $1 million due to an increase in the SIR, but if your limits are too low can you handle another $10 million from a lawsuit gone bad? Imagine having to pay $5-$10 million in this economy because you didn’t take the time to consider the changing marketplace and the possibility of a large claim. Ultimately, the decision is up to you, but if you’re sacrificing limits for a lower SIR, then you may need to reconsider your choice!